Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Two Elected to Tourism Board

Patricia "Tricia" Hadfield, manager of the Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites will join Judy Attebury, manager of Fairfield Inn, as two of the seven lodging representatives on the Williamson County Tourism Board.

Two of the seven seats were up at this election. Hadfield and Attebury will serve three year terms. Thirteen of the county's lodging operators participated in the election. Ballots were opened at today's board meeting.

Hadfield replaces Katy Lockwood of the Olde Squat Inn.

The new terms begin at the regular June meeting of the tourism board which is set for noon, Wednesday, June 27 at the Williamson County Pavilion in Marion.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lawmakers Set to Legalize Ultimate Fighting

Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize Ultimate Fighting competitions in the state as well as increase regulations on mixed martial arts competitions such as the DragonsCage fights held at the Pavilion in April.

The Chicago Sun-Times has the story.

The bill has already passed the House by a large margin where it is co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg. Most of the region's representatives voted for the measure, but state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, did not.

In the Senate the bill has passed committee and been amended. A floor vote is expected soon. If successful the bill will then go back to the House for final approval of the bill as amended.

The legislation is HB 1947.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Carterville Farmers Market to Begin in June

The Farmers Market sponsored by the Carterville Chamber of Commerce begins its summer schedule Friday, June 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot at 406 S Division St (between Route 13 and downtown Carterville).

The market runs each Friday in June, July and August.

The chamber is looking for vendors of home grown, homemade or hand made items to set up booths. The booth cost is $5 with vendors supplying their own tables, chairs and signs.

For more information contact the chamber at 618-985-6942 or e-mail